The Heritage Tract is unique in that it combines significant natural resource values with extensive varieties of cultural and historical values. From a natural resources standpoint, the Heritage Tract is 2,000 acres surrounding the Great Falls of the Catawba River. This land includes 300 acres of bottomland riparian hardwood forests with an average age of 120 years old. The tract also contains 550 acres of gently rolling upland forests. From a historical perspective, the tract was the site of several Revolutionary War battles, a Federal Arsenal established in 1802 by President Thomas Jefferson, several turn of the century hydro-electric dams and the resulting historic town of Great Falls. The Heritage Tract is also significant in that having 2,000 preserved acres so close to urban Charlotte and Rock Hill will provide the residents of these areas with protected lands and recreational opportunities. Among these opportunities are proposed bike trails under the Federal Rails to Trails program.
A map for the Crescent - Heritage Tract has been provided in Google Map format.